v 1.1.3


A modo List generates lists from data sets. It can be either used by passing an array of objects as the data parameter, or a Backbone Collection.

modo.List elements are interactive. You can listen to events on the single list items and directly work with the list items dataset in the event callback.



The following list of parameters can be used in the params object, passed to the constructor. Parameters in [brackets] are optional.



Either a array of JavaScript objects, or a Backbone Collection.


A function, which filters the dataset of the list, before rendering. The function gets the lists data collection as the first parameter and a boolean true/false if its a Backbone Collection as second parameter. The default collector function is:

    return _.filter(collection, function(){return true;})


An array of event names - fired by a Backbone Collection - on which the list should be re-rendered. Default: ['add', 'change', 'remove', 'sort']


The render function for a single list item. Gets passed the serialized JavaScript object as function argument. In case of a Backbone Collection as data source, the according Backbone Model is added to the object as the property _m. By default, the first property of the serialized object is rendered. The default function is:

function (d, elementIndex, objectKeys) {
    for (var key in d) {
        if(key === '_m') continue;
    return '<div>' + d[key].toString() + '</div>'

Heads up! The attribute elementIndex contains the index of the currently rendered list element, starting with zero. objectKeys is only available when the data source is an object and will then contain an array with all object keys as strings.

Notice: All rendered child elements get the CSS-Class mdo-list-item added, after they have been rendered.

Tip: You can pass a compiled underscore template to use it as item renderer!

PRO Tip: You can return ONE modo.* element from the renderer method instead of a HTML string!


This function is called when the list has no items to display (dataset is empty).


Events for list items are attached the same way like events can be bound to a Backbone View. When you are using a Backbone Collection as data source, your event handler functions get passed the captured event as first parameter and the according Backbone Model from the collection as second parameter. You can either attach events directly to a list item, or to child-elements inside the list item (i.e. to attach edit/remove buttons). Example:

    'click': function(e,i,m){
        alert('You have clicked on the item ' + m.get('title'));
    'click .removebutton': function(e,i,m){
        e.stopPropagation(); //Important! Or click will be fired too.
        if(confirm('Should ' + m.get('title') + ' be deleted?')){


A string with custom CSS classes to apply to the generated DOM element


A object with attributes to assign to the generated DOM element. Omit the "data-" part. So for example {count: 1} becomes data-count="1" on the DOM element.


The jQuery enhanced DOM element to be generated. If nothing is set, a standard DIV container will be created. If you want to use a different DOM element, pass a jQuery generated DOM element to this parameter.


The default show effect for the element. See associated property description. Default: null


The default hide effect for the element. See associated property description. Default: null



Provides access to the number of elements being rendered by the list.

Inherited Properties from modo.Element


Contains the jQuery enhanced DOM Node of this modoJS element.


Contains a internally given, numeric ID for this element.


Will be set by .show() and .hide(). Access this property to check the current visibility of the element.


Set a default show effect (like the options you can pass to the show() / hide() methods.


element.showEffect = {
    effect: 'slideDown',
    effectArgs: ['fast']


Define a default hide effect instead of a simple, instant hide.



This returns the lists filtered dataset in the same format as Backbones toJSON() method.

Function parameterDescription


Optional parameter to limit the amount of returned entries to the given number.

Note: This returns the dataset, the list itself works with, so in case a Backbone Collection is used as data source, the collector function defined in the constructor will be applied, first.


Returns the index of the currently focused item, if any.


Returns the jQuery-enhanced DOM element for a specific data key (array index, or Backbone.Collection id).

set(dataset, [options])this

Replaces the current dataset of the element and triggers a update.

Function parameterDescription


The new dataset to be used. Can be an array, or a Backbone.Collection


An options object. {silent: true} can be used to prevent events to be triggered.


This causes the lists HTML to be re-generated. Will be automatically called when a Backbone Collection is used as a data source and it emits one of the events, registered by passing updateOn to the constructor. This will trigger the Backbone Event "update".


Sets the keyboard focus to the element. This means the user can select items from the list with his arrow keys. This needs the modo.keyListener to be loaded and will enable it. The list will put the keyListener in a scoped state to exclusively consume the key press events of the cursor buttons.


Removes the keyboard focus from the element and also removes the scope from the keyListener.

Inherited Methods from modo.Element


Pass either true or false to this value to make the element stretch inside a modo.FlexContainer element.


Make the connected DOM object visible and trigger the Backbone Event "show".

You can control the way the element is shown by passing an object of options.


    effect: 'slideDown',
    effectArgs: ['fast']


Make the connected DOM object invisible and trigger the Backbone Event "hide".

You can control the hide effect the same way as with the show() method.

addClass(classname, doPrefix)this

Will add another class name to the DOM element. The class name will be automatically prefixed (i.e. with mdo-) if doPrefix = true (default).

removeClass(classname, doPrefix)this

Will remove a class name from the DOM element. The class name will be automatically prefixed.

addClassTemporary(classname, timeout, doPrefix)this

Helps with adding a classname temporarily to the object. Just call this method and after the specified amount of time, the added class(es) will be removed.

Note: All modoJS Objects are extended with all methods of the Backbone.Events class.



Will be triggered when the update() function has been called (automatically, or manually).

Inherited Events from modo.Element


Triggered, when the object has been displayed through show()


Triggered, when the object has been hidden through hide()

CSS Classes


Applied on the list element itself.


Applied to every single list-item element. This class is also automatically applied on list elements, generated by the itemRender function, defined in the element constructor.


Applied on the element that is displayed when no elements are found in the data source. This element is only visible when generated from the emptyRender function, defined in the elements constructor.

Inherited CSS Classes from modo.Element


Basic class that will be applied to every element that extends modo.Element.


Will be applied to every modo element where setFlexible(true) has been called upon.

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